Blind (Korn song)
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|Single by Korn|
|from the album Korn|
|Released||August 1, 1994|
|Writer(s)||Dennis Shinn / Ryan Shuck / Jonathan Davis / Reginald Arvizu / James Shaffer / David Silveria / Brian Welch|
|Korn singles chronology|
- 1 Concept
- 2 Music and structure
- 3 Track listing
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Chart performance
- 6 Live performance
- 7 Music video
- 8 Demo version
- 9 Accolades
- 10 Appearances in media
- 11 Remixes
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
As explained by Dennis Shinn, based on the original creation of the song pre-produced;
"The song just happened. It never had any authentic meaning. The same may apply when most songs are written, as writers normally just go with the flow without having too much thought about concept within that moment of creation. I presented the song to the band at rehearsal one night, and to finish off the actual lyrics, I wrote them in a minute or two right in front of the other guys. And to be completely honest, I didn't know what I was writing about, but it worked out, so we kept it as is." −Dennis Shinn
Jonathan Davis's personal meaning, how he connected with the song would be as said;
"It's just this monster riff, and lyrically it's about me feeling that I'm blind to people taking advantage of me, blind to my depression, just blind to everything." − Jonathan Davis
Music and structure
"Blind", had been written in Sexart before Jonathan Davis left the band to join Korn. The song was composed entirely by Dennis Shinn Being both music, and vocal melodies / lyrics, in December 1992. Once Shinn had the song ready, he introduced the song to the other guys at band practice. From that point, Ryan Shuck added in one (1) music section (acting as a bridge). Ryan's bridge contribution followed the extremely popular song opening riff composed by Dennis Shinn. Shuck's bridge divided the popular intro riff, from the the vocal section of the song. His bridge came back around after the vocal section ended as well. Shuck's contribution landed on both Sex Art's recorded demo of "Blind", as well as Korn's recorded demo of "Blind". However, once the Korn LP was being recorded, the music part written by Shuck was removed. On the Sex Art recorded demo, it also had a long extensive musical to close out the song. The entire section (ending) was musically composed by Ray Solis. This area of music by Solis was not recorded on the Korn demo, nor album.
Korn's contribution came later, by adding an extended song intro, utilizing drum cymbals, and an added small Bass-Line. Sort of an intro, to the intro if you will. Also, Korn applied a small musical change from Sexart's version, which landed under the vocal chorus "I'm so blind" lyric. That change didn't occur until the Korn LP was recorded. SexArt's original music piece was present on Korn's demo version 1993. Korn also tailored the song ending, being the bass coda at the end of the song quotes Cypress Hill's song "Lick a Shot". Which technically had nothing to do with the actual song itself. Jonathan Davis and his music group Korn utilized this song on the album without crediting the original song writers Dennis Shinn, and or Ryan Shuck. However, both Dennis Shinn and Ryan Shuck were later credited on the Greatest Hits Vol.1 compilation album when the song was used on that record. "It was Korn's professional production that brought the song to life". −Dennis Shinn
US Enhanced Radio Promo CD
- "Blind" – 4:18
- "Blind" (video) - 4:18
- "Blind" – 4:18
- "Fake (Album Version) - 4:51
- "Sean Olson (Radio Edit) - 4:45
Woodstock 1999 (album): (video RIAA Certified 2X's Platinum / cd - Gold)
KORN: "Live at Hammerstein" Live (Korn DVD) RIAA Certified Gold
KORN: "Live on the Other Side" (dvd) RIAA Certified 1X's Platinum
KORN: "Live & Rare (Korn album)" - (dvd) RIAA Certified 1X's Platinum
Family Values Tour 2006: - (dvd) RIAA Certified 1X's Platinum
KORN: "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Korn album)" 2004 RIAA Certified 1X's Platinum
KORN: "MTV Unplugged" (dvd/cd) 2007 dvd - RIAA Certified 1X's Platinum
NHL 2K8 2007: (Gameplay soundtrack)
MADDEN NFL 2010: (Gameplay soundtrack)
KORN 3: "Remember Who You Are" iTunes Edition (BLIND - live ) 2010
KORN: Live at Hollywood Palladium (cd/dvd) 2012
Australian Radio Promo
- "Blind" – 4:18
The song was released as a promotional single in the United States, Canada and Australia, and as a limited edition 10" vinyl single in the United Kingdom. It charted on the Canadian alternative chart, the RPM Alternative 30, in November 1995.
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||15|
The song has been used as the concert opening for nearly the entire 20 year career of Korn. The song is well known for its intense performances, lending the greatest impact, crowd reaction, and energy, throughout the entire live performance set. The song was chosen as the fan favorite, as well as being placed 1st in category on the historical "Woodstock 99 (album)" concert festival cd, and dvd home video. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has covered the song live, with Welch playing guitar and singing lead vocals. When performed live, the main riff of the song is played as the outro instead of the bass coda that is on the recorded version. Recently, at shows such as the Download Festival, the song has opened the show as a new mix, with a much shorter intro.
It was performed live at the Carolina Rebellion in Rockingham, North Carolina; Davis invited Brian "Head" Welch to join Korn on stage and perform the song. This was Welch's first performance with Korn since his departure in February 2005.
Korn continue to perform the song at every live performance throughout the world.
The music video was directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol. Korn is seen performing in front of an energetic crowd in a small stage room. A large "Korn" flag can be seen on the back of the stage. There are also clips of the band hanging out. The video was released in January 1995.
The first version of this song had been recorded on the band's demo tape entitled Neidermeyer's Mind, released in 1993. There is a slight difference between these versions, as the primal version had a more heavy-metal atmosphere, and the version that appeared on band's debut album featured a hip-hop stylized bridge.
The song has gained major acclaim in the press.
100 Songs That Changed The World (January 2003): 88. - Korn - Blind
100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever! (March 2005): 93. - Korn - Blind
666 Songs You Must Own (contemporary metal): 2. - Korn - Blind
100 Greatest Singles Of All Time (December 14, 2002): 10. - Korn - Blind
Appearances in media
The music video was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head, where the duo comment on the video's lack of originality, however they commented that the song sounded "kinda cool". The song itself was used as the ending theme for the U.S. release of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, as well as in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels, directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, who has directed several Korn videos. This song was also featured in the 2k Sports video game NHL 2k8. The song is also featured on the tracklist for Madden NFL 10.
|LukHash Remix||LukHash official website|
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- "Blind US Radio Promo (1995)". Korn.simpol.net. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
- "Blind Australian Radio Promo (SAMP 3165)". Korn.simpol.net. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
- Rock/Alternative - Volume 62, No. 15, November 13, 1995
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